Mohamed Harkat: Security Certificates and Secret Trials

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The controversial Security Certificate process is an immigration procedure that can be used by the Canadian government to deport non-Canadians who are deemed to be a threat to the country. For national security reasons, the allegations and evidence held against the Security Certificate detainees are not fully disclosed and significant parts of their trials are held in secret. If the Certificate is upheld, the ruling is automatically converted into a deportation order. The decision is final, and only the presiding judge can permit an appeal. Groups such as the Canadian Peace Alliance argue that ”the Canadian Security Certificate process suspends the rule of law and violates fundamental human rights that are protected under both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”. There is a call for the abolition of the process and for the Security Certificate detainees to be given a ”open, fair trial conducted with full disclosure to an accused person of the evidence against him/her”.

CKUT’s Rose W talked to Sophie Harkat, whose husband Mohamed Harkat was arrested 13 years ago under a secret trial Security Certificate. After being imprisoned for 43 months, Mohamed was released on bail under the toughest bail conditions in Canadian history, all without knowing what the evidence was against him. Mohamed is now fighting being deported back to Algeria, where he is at risk of detention, torture or death due to the allegations that have been made. Sophie Harkat shares her story, her thoughts on the controversial Security Certificate and her campaign for justice.

For more information about Mohamed Harkat’s case:
http://www.justiceforharkat.com/news.php
For more information about the Security Certificate:
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cntr-trrrsm/scrt-crtfcts-eng.aspx
For more information about the call to abolish the Security Certificate:
http://canadianpeace.org/abolish-security-certificates/
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BC Supreme Court rules against assessment of Northern Gateway Pipeline – Interview with Art Sterritt of Coastal First Nations

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A recent ruling from the Supreme Court of British Columbia has halted Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

The assessment of the project was found to be invalid because it did not address the concerns of the province and their obligation to obtain consent from the Gitga’at First Nations communities.

British Columbia had handed the assessment over to the National Energy Board as an “equivalency agreement,” meaning it would be as binding as if it were performed by the province itself. The Supreme Court took issue with the assessment because it stepped around the obligation to consult First Nation communities; a condition that a provincially run assessment would have to satisfy.

Several petitions against the pipeline were brought to the attention of the province. The influx of oil tankers caused by the NG pipeline would be a major source of disruption to the coastal Gitga’at community. The bitumen oil that would run through the pipeline also poses an environmental hazard. It is a semi-solid refinement of crude oil that would be incredibly difficult to clean up should the pipeline ever rupture.

In the above interview CKUT is joined by Art Sterritt. He is an executive for Coastal First Nations and a member of the Gitga’at community.